The Greatest Thing

1 Corinthians 13:13And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love (NIV).

The greatest of the choicest graces is love, or agapé—divine love, or what God prefers. It is His unconditional love for mankind and mankind’s love for Him. In order to drive home the importance of this love, allow me to share four truths concerning it.

Agapé is who God is. 1 John 4:8 says, “He who does not love does not know God, for God is love” (NKJV). It’s impossible for Him to think, say, or do anything outside of love. Therefore, anything you think, say, or do outside of love is not of God. You are never any closer to Him than when you’re walking in His love.

Agapé is the fulfillment of the law (Romans 13:10). If your relationships with God and others are fueled by His love, you’ll have a desire to live in obedience to His word. The love of God always compels you to do what is right by everyone in every situation. You just have to follow its lead.

Agapé is in you. If you are a believer, the Holy Spirit has already deposited the love of God into your spirit (Romans 5:5). You can cultivate and grow your capacity to love others by choosing mercy over judgment and forgiveness over resentment. His love in you is the key to victory in any relationship. It’s incapable of failing.

Agapé is what faith works through. Galatians 5:6 makes it clear: “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love” (NKJV). Paul also wrote that someone with mountain-moving faith is nothing absent of the God-kind of love (1 Corinthians 13:2).

I challenge you today to walk in love. You are able to agapé. You cannot please God without faith, and faith only works through love. Therefore, love is the greatest thing.

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